June 23-26, 2017 “Building Tomorrow’s Church” Young Adults Conf. feat. Blackburn, J. Giarrizzo, S. Renihan in Flagstaff, AZ.

FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION
THE GOSPEL & THE CHURCH IN EVERY AGE

It seems that the practice of good churchmanship has fallen by the wayside in modern times. Even within the resurgence of “New Calvinism” of the past decade of so, where there has been a growing recognition of God’s sovereignty in salvation, many have observed that ecclesiology, or the doctrine of the church, has not received the attention it deserves and is therefore not well understood by many young believers.

Since its inception in 2008, BTC has sought to encourage the up-and-coming generation of believers—specifically Reformed Baptists—in their commitment to Christ as demonstrated in part by their commitment to the local church. Promoting the biblical doctrine of the church has always been at the center of BTC’s purpose.

10 years later we are still seeking to reach the next generation of confessional church members with an emphasis on glorifying Christ through service to His Bride. To reaffirm our desire to see young people involved in their local churches and churches built up as a result, the theme of BTC 2017 centers on the importance of the visible church in every generation since it was established by Christ over 2,000 years ago.

The 10th annual Building Tomorrow’s Church conference will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona, June 23-26, on the campus of Northern Arizona University.

We are excited to welcome for the first time three keynote speakers, including Pastor John Giarrizzo from Grace Covenant Church in Gilbert, AZ, Pastor Samuel Renihan from Trinity Reformed Baptist Church in Southern California, and Pastor Earl Blackburn from Heritage Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA.

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Jan. 26-28, 2017 Deep South Founders Conf. “Justification [1689]” feat. James White, Blackburn + more @ Laurel, MS.

Dr. James White

The 10th Annual Deep South Founders Conference will gather in Laurel MS on January 26-28, 2017. Our main speaker, James White will focus on the Doctrine of Justification. A pre-conference event, on Thursday evening, will cover the topic, “What Every Christian Needs to Know About Islam.” Other speakers will be Earl Blackburn, pastor of Heritage Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana, Joe Nesom, pastor of First Baptist Church Jackson, Louisiana, and Charley Holmes, president of The Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary.

The registration fee is $40 before January 1. Late Registration, after January 1, will be $60. Scholarships are available upon request. Seminary students may attend free of charge.

Registration | Schedule | Location | Accommodations

New Book: “50 World Changing Events in Christian History” by Earl M. Blackburn

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50 World Changing Events in Christian History

by Earl M. Blackburn

Paperback: $14.99/£9.99 | Kindle: $11.99/£9.17

Description:

  • 50 short chapters on 50 events over 2000 years

  • Potted church history

  • Useful for personal study as well as for pastors and churches

Pastor Earl Blackburn
Pastor Earl Blackburn

The increase in terrorism, the push for gender fluidity, the eradicating of Christianity from schools – During these worrying times, Earl Blackburn shows that learning about our history can be one of the best tools for encouraging us in our faith. Hearing stories of the perseverance of Christian heroes such as John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, and William Wilberforce is inspirational for everyday struggles; while seeing how God has grown His church through times of hardship and persecution helps us to have courage about the church of today.

Endorsements:

Dr. Tom Nettles

This really is a fine piece of work and should be very popular and highly useful in the church.

– Tom J. Nettles, Senior Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

Nathan Finn… 50 World-Changing Events in Christian History is a helpful overview of church history written from an evangelical and reformed perspective. I hope it will help many believers understand how their own lives and local churches fit into the ongoing story of God’s new covenant people from every tribe, language, and nation.

– Nathan A. Finn, Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies, The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina

Dr. James Renihan… As a professor of Church History, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is for a recommendation of a simple survey of the life of the church over the last 2,000 years. Now I have the answer to that question…

– James M. Renihan, Dean and Professor of Historical Theology, Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, Escondido, California

Details:

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Christian Focus (July 20, 2016)

Interview #89 – Going Beyond the 5 Points – Earl Blackburn & Rob Ventura [Audio Podcast] (2 of 2)

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Pastor Rob Ventura
Pastor Rob Ventura
Pastor Earl Blackburn
Pastor Earl Blackburn

“I would hope that any evangelical believer would pick it up and read it.”

On episode 89 of our interview podcast we finishes up our two part interview with Pastor Earl Blackburn and Pastor Rob Ventura about the new book “Going Beyond the Five Points: Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation”.

Part 1 of the interview.

TOPICS:

  • What is your disagreements with “1689 Federalism”?
  • What is the church and why is it so important?
  • How do you respond to those who disagree with church membership?
  • What kind of church should we be looking for to become members of?
  • Is it legitimate for us to subscribe to confessions of faith?
  • + more

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Interview #88 – Going Beyond the 5 Points – Earl Blackburn & Rob Ventura [Audio Podcast] (1 of 2)

Going Beyond the Five Points

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Pastor Earl Blackburn
Pastor Rob Ventura
Pastor Rob Ventura

“This book is by Reformed Baptists for Reformed Baptists.”

On episode 88 of our interview podcast we have Pastor Earl Blackburn and Pastor Rob Ventura back on  to tell us all about the new book “Going Beyond the Five Points: Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation”.

We first got to know Rob Ventura on episode #40 (he also joined us on episodes #64). We first got to know Pastor Earl Blackburn on episode #68.

TOPICS:

  • Why this book?
  • Why shouldn’t we just stop at the “Five Points of Calvinism” (T.U.L.I.P.)?
  • The importance of God’s law in the Christian’s life
  • Why the Regulative Principle of Worship matters
  • Why we shouldn’t be afraid to dive into Covenant Theology
  • + more

LISTEN:

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TUNAGE:

A Debtor To Mercy Alone [feat. Sandra McCracken] by Indelible Grace Music


Listen to part two.

New Book: ‘Going Beyond the Five Points: Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation’ feat. Barcellos, Waldron, Blackburn, R. Martin, Ventura, White

Out now as previously announced:

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Going Beyond the Five Points:
Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation

By Dr. Richard C. Barcellos,  Dr. Sam Waldron, Earl M. Blackburn,  Dr. Robert Martin

General Editor: Rob Ventura

[AMZ: $25/£16.34 SGCB: $17.50 RR: $17 | Kindle: $4.99/£3.23]

Description:

In recent years, a doctrinal shift has taken place among believers so great that even the secular press has taken notice. Christians across denominational lines are laying hold of the biblical truth of God’s electing love and saving grace in Christ, commonly called “Calvinism.” For many, this marks the beginning of a deeper study into the whole counsel of God in Scripture. A thirst to be thoroughly biblical in all areas of life is driving a more comprehensive present-day reformation beyond the famous “five points.” This book captures the voices of seasoned Reformed pastors graciously guiding and encouraging Christ’s beloved sheep to press on and to seek the “old paths, where the good way is” (Jer. 6:16). In this anthology you will be instructed concerning the abiding relevance of the Ten Commandments, God-centered worship, the masterful unfolding of God’s great plan of redemption through divine covenants, the identity, nature, and work of the church, and the help that confessions of faith lend to our grasp of God’s glorious Word.

Table of Contents:

Contributors

Editor’s Preface | Rob Ventura

Foreword | Dr. James White

Chapter 1 – The Ten Commandments and the Christian | Dr. Richard C. Barcellos

Chapter 2 – The Regulative Principle | Dr. Sam Waldron

Chapter 3 – Covenant Theology | Earl Blackburn

Chapter 4 – The Church | Earl Blackburn

Chapter 5 – The Legitimacy and Use of Confessions of Faith | Dr. Robert Paul Martin

Endorsements:

Fred MaloneThe rediscovery of “the doctrines of grace” among Baptists during the last sixty years has thrilled my heart! However, this welcome advance does not make a reformation. The further necessary questions of “what is the church?…how should we worship God?…what is Christ like living?…” stand before us still, begging for biblical reformation. Going Beyond the Five Points provides clear biblical direction for reforming churches today. Barcellous’ defense of the Ten Commandments for Christian living under grace is unassailable. Blackburn’s chapters on Covenant Theology and the doctrine of the church are indispensable to Baptist reformation. Waldron’s explanation of the Regulative Principle is greatly needed by Baptists to remind us of our foundational principle which needs renewed application to worship and government. Martin’s persuasive defense of why Baptists need confessions of faith today is irrefutable. To gather them together as Ventura has done provides a classic standard for further Baptist reformation today. Baptist pastors, students, and church members need to study this book to understand what it means to build biblical and Reformed Baptist churches today for the glory of Christ.

Dr. Fred A. Malone, Senior Pastor First Baptist Church Clinton, Louisiana


Pastor Jim SavastioGoing Beyond the Five Points is a wonderful pastoral resource to give to any brother or sister in Christ who has begun the journey of better understanding the doctrines of grace. If the Five Points are the appetizer for the hungry believer, these essays will provide a rich and satisfying main course to guide them in a deeper understanding of the truth.

Jim Savastio, Pastor of Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky


Jeremy WalkerSome truths lie close to the surface, others require more digging. In the substance of this book, you will profit from the groundbreaking labours of others, men who have begun to turn over the soil in order to expose the consequences and applications of a thorough embrace of God’s sovereign grace displayed in the salvation of his people, considered not just individually but together. Readers willing to put in the effort will find much to ponder and much from which to profit.

Jeremy Walker, Pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, England

Details:

Print Length: 260 pages
Text-to-Speech: Enabled [Kindle]

‘Jesus Loves The Church & So Should You’ [3-part AUDIO] by Earl Blackburn

The Portico Church Annual Spring Theology Conference just took place on April 25, 2015. The featured speaker was Earl Blackburn. The subject was the biblical mandate for formal church membership from his book “Jesus Loves The Church And So Should You.”

Conference Audio [RSS]:

Part 1 – Ephesians 3:20-21 [mp3]:

Part 2 – 1 Timothy 3:14-15 [mp3]:

Part 3 – Acts 2:40-47 [mp3]:

Earl Blackburn opens the conference informing that he isn’t able to say all that should be said on Ecclesiology (Doctrine of the Church) but he has written on it in the following book and recommends it for those who want to dive deeper into this doctrine:

Book:

Jesus Loves the Church

Jesus Loves the Church and So Should You:
Studies in Biblical Churchmanship

by Earl M. Blackburn

[ AMZ: $14.27/£10 | SGCB: $7.75 eBook: $8.00 ]

Description:

Pastor Earl Blackburn
Pastor Earl Blackburn

Earl Blackburn has served the Lord in the Church since December 27th, 1976. He has served seven years in Utah, twenty-two years in California, and now nearly ten years in Louisiana. Over the past several years brother Earl has battled with cancer which has caused him to appreciate the church more than ever. This book is written by a man who has a burning passion for the Church of Christ, and who desires to stir up the hearts of people all over the world to love the Church Christ loved enough to lay down his life for her.

This book has been written to be read by the layperson who has many practical questions about the modern-day Church. This would be a great book for churches to have on their literature rack to give to visitors and to use with New Members Classes as well.

Details:

Paperback: 154 pages
Publisher: Solid Ground Christian Books (October 14, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches

Earl Blackburn interviewed on + more [AUDIO| NoCo Radio]

Earl Blackburn
Earl Blackburn

On the Feb. 25, 2015 episode of  No Compromise Radio,  Earl Blackburn “offers his pastoral wisdom and gives some biblical hints for a godly marriage.” Before that they get into:

25 Minute MP3:

Upcoming Book: ‘Going Beyond the Five Points: Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation’ feat. Barcellos, Waldron, Blackburn, R. Martin, Ventura, White

Expected to release May 15th, 2015 in  softback and e-book formats:

Going Beyond the Five Points

Going Beyond the Five Points:
Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation

By Dr. Richard C. Barcellos,  Dr. Sam Waldron, Earl M. Blackburn,  Dr. Robert Martin

General Editor: Rob Ventura

Back Cover Blurb:

In recent years, a doctrinal shift has taken place among believers so great that even the secular press has taken notice. Christians across denominational lines are laying hold of the biblical truth of God’s electing love and saving grace in Christ, commonly called “Calvinism.” For many, this marks the beginning of a deeper study into the whole counsel of God in Scripture. A thirst to be thoroughly biblical in all areas of life is driving a more comprehensive present-day reformation beyond the famous “five points.” This book captures the voices of seasoned Reformed pastors graciously guiding and encouraging Christ’s beloved sheep to press on and to seek the “old paths, where the good way is” (Jer. 6:16). In this anthology you will be instructed concerning the abiding relevance of the Ten Commandments, God-centered worship, the masterful unfolding of God’s great plan of redemption through divine covenants, the identity, nature, and work of the church, and the help that confessions of faith lend to our grasp of God’s glorious Word.

Table of Contents:

Contributors

Editor’s Preface | Rob Ventura

Foreword | Dr. James White

Chapter 1 – The Ten Commandments and the Christian | Dr. Richard C. Barcellos

Chapter 2 – The Regulative Principle | Dr. Sam Waldron

Chapter 3 – Covenant Theology | Earl Blackburn

Chapter 4 – The Church | Earl Blackburn

Chapter 5 – The Legitimacy and Use of Confessions of Faith | Dr. Robert Paul Martin

Endorsements:

Fred MaloneThe rediscovery of “the doctrines of grace” among Baptists during the last sixty years has thrilled my heart! However, this welcome advance does not make a reformation. The further necessary questions of “what is the church?…how should we worship God?…what is Christ like living?…” stand before us still, begging for biblical reformation. Going Beyond the Five Points provides clear biblical direction for reforming churches today. Barcellous’ defense of the Ten Commandments for Christian living under grace is unassailable. Blackburn’s chapters on Covenant Theology and the doctrine of the church are indispensable to Baptist reformation. Waldron’s explanation of the Regulative Principle is greatly needed by Baptists to remind us of our foundational principle which needs renewed application to worship and government. Martin’s persuasive defense of why Baptists need confessions of faith today is irrefutable. To gather them together as Ventura has done provides a classic standard for further Baptist reformation today. Baptist pastors, students, and church members need to study this book to understand what it means to build biblical and Reformed Baptist churches today for the glory of Christ.

Dr. Fred A. Malone, Senior Pastor First Baptist Church Clinton, Louisiana


 

Pastor Jim SavastioGoing Beyond the Five Points is a wonderful pastoral resource to give to any brother or sister in Christ who has begun the journey of better understanding the doctrines of grace. If the Five Points are the appetizer for the hungry believer, these essays will provide a rich and satisfying main course to guide them in a deeper understanding of the truth.

Jim Savastio, Pastor of Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky


 

Jeremy WalkerSome truths lie close to the surface, others require more digging. In the substance of this book, you will profit from the groundbreaking labours of others, men who have begun to turn over the soil in order to expose the consequences and applications of a thorough embrace of God’s sovereign grace displayed in the salvation of his people, considered not just individually but together. Readers willing to put in the effort will find much to ponder and much from which to profit.

Jeremy Walker, Pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, England


 

UPDATE 12:30 PM CST:  Solid Ground Books is offering a 40% Pre-Pub discount until March 15th. No money will be charged until the books are in print.

Registration & more info now up for the 2015 ARBCA General Assembly. Apr. 14-16, 2015 in Mansfield, TX. feat. Earl Blackburn, John Giarrizzo + more

ARBCA:

ARBCA General Assembly

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Date: April 14, 2015 to April 16, 2015
Time: All Day
Location: 201 E Broad Street, Mansfield, Texas 76063

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Inside Heritage @ Founders SW 2014

The 2015 ARBCA General Assembly is scheduled for April 14-16, 2015. Heritage Baptist Church in Mansfield Texas will host the messengers and guests.

Details have now been released and you can find them at reformedbaptist.net/arbcaga/.

There you will find a welcome on behalf of Heritage Baptist Church, Mansfield, TX. (host church) written by Pastor Larry Vincent:

Pastor Larry Vincent
Pastor Larry Vincent

To the Brothers and Sisters of our fellow ARBCA churches and guests:

Although it is with some sadness that we will not be in southern Georgia this spring, we are laboring to give a genuine Texas welcome to all who attend the General Assembly, April 14-16.

I write in behalf of our members, deacons, and elders. We look forward to hosting this GA. Our church’s coordinator is brother Jack DiMarco, one of our deacons. He and his crew of volunteers are taking care of every piece of the structure that builds our GA. We take on this work willingly for the sake of the kingdom of our Triune LORD and His people who make up our Association of churches.

The necessary ingredient that we cannot supply is you, our guests, the members and officers, and especially the messengers from our churches. We are less without you: every member of the wider body of ARBCA churches being necessary by our Lord Jesus’ providence. We hope and pray that you will come from every church, to labor together to maintain the unity He alone gives sinful humans as part of His gracious legacy to us.

We also anticipate several guests from non-member churches, those who are coming to observe a modern Reformed Baptist association of local churches at work. We will welcome you, as well…

You will also find the schedule, travel info, and registration:

Fee: Single – $100.00, Couple – $160.00; Deadline: 3/15/15 [Timestamp after this date will result in a $25 late fee]

What Does The Bible Teach About Women Deacons? Earl Blackburn Answers

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Earl Blackburn

Pastor Earl Blackburn:

Due to the pressure of the feminist movement and evangelical egalitarianism, some evangelical and Reformed churches have ordained women into the office of deacon. Usually 1 Timothy 3:11 is used as a biblical basis to substantiate the position of women deacons. Paul’s commendation of Phoebe (Romans 16:1-2) is further used to support this belief and action. Occasionally, certain segments of church history are referenced to buttress the claim. I believe this position is an unbiblical one and should be avoided in all biblical and confessional churches for the following reasons…

Read “What Does The Bible Teach About Women Deacons?”

Mar. 26-28, 2015 “How Shall They Hear: Evangelism in Today’s World” feat. James White, Earl Blackburn, Jeff Pollard + more in Milton, FL.

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How Shall they Hear, Evangelism is Today’s World

This is the theme of the next Herald Society which is scheduled for March 26-28 2015 in Florida…

Missions and Evangelism has been all but lost in Today’s Church, the idea that men should stand up and engage the culture with the naked truth of God’s Word is absolutely foreign in much of today’s evangelicalism. Pragmatism and Humanism have replaced the Gospel. We believe the proclamation of the Gospel, whether inside of the church or outside of the church is a Local Church ministry. This is why are hearts cry out for revival and reformation in this most needful time we live in…

There will be much to learn and apply. If your serious about soul-winning, evangelism and missions you need to come to this gathering in Florida…

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See the full list of speakers, registration, travel info, and more.

Interview #68 – Earl Blackburn & Jim Savastio – 2014 Keach Conference ‘Of Christ the Mediator’ [Podcast]

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Jim Savastio
Jim Savastio
Earl Blackburn
Earl Blackburn

On episode 68 of our interview podcast, we interview Earl Blackburn and Jim Savastio after they finished speaking at the 2014 Keach Conference which went over chapter 8 of the 1689 “Of Christ the Mediator”.

We get to know them both and briefly talk about the conference.

We also have a short interview we tacked on that Jeff Riddle conducted with them both. They get into topics such as blogs, social media, the books they’ve written, Spiderman in preaching, future projects and more.

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2014 Keach Conference AUDIO now online: “Of Christ the Mediator [1689]” feat. Savastio & Blackburn

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Theme:

We are continuing our ongoing series through the Second London Baptist Confession. This year we are on Chapter Eight “Of Christ the Mediator.”

Pastor Jeff Riddle:

The audio for the 2014 Keach Conference on the theme “Of Christ the Mediator” (Chapter Eight, 2LBCF 1689) has been posted

Here also are a few memorable quotes from the messages which I jotted down in my notes (see the recordings for exact citations):

JS: The question is not, “Is he worth it?”, but, “Is he worthy?”

EB: The Second London Baptist Confession (1689) was the apex of the Protestant Confessions. All the confessions created after 1689 are considerably weaker.

EB: God may bury his ministers, but he never buries his work!

JS: All of the Bible is about Jesus. A Jewish man once visited Francis Schaeffer’s L’Abri Fellowship. Someone there asked if he could read to him a passage from the Bible and proceeded to read aloud Isaiah 53. The Jewish man responded angrily: “You know I’m a Jew, why are you reading to me from the New Testament?” The man who read the passage responded: “But that’s Isaiah, from the Old Testament.” Not long after hearing this passage read, the Jewish man was converted and eventually became a Presbyterian minister.

Audio:

Session I (Friday evening, September 26, 2014):

Jim Savastio: The Glory of the Mediator (Luke 1:30-35) [mp3]:

Earl Blackburn: The Exclusivity of Christ (John 3;22-36) [mp3]:

Session II (Saturday morning, September 27, 2014):

Earl Blackburn: The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Life and Ministry of Christ the Mediator (John 3:34) [mp3]:

Jim Savastio: The Preeminence of the Mediator (Luke 24:44) [mp3]: